Fish On! With Denver's Mississippi River Guide Service!

Mississippi River & St. Croix River Fishing Guide Denver McKinnon. Over 38 years of experience!

Denver has been fishing the Mississippi River system for over 38 years. With a lot of experience on the river, Denver feels that guiding is the best way to pass on the Mississippi River and St. Croix river knowledge he has gained over the years.

Whether interested in bring home fish for dinner or looking for a trophy, Denver will do his best to provide you with a happy and exciting day. You can choose the target species between Walleyes, Sauger, and Crappie. The techniques you learn with Denver will help you when you are out on your own on the Mississippi River and St. Croix River. Denver guides on the Pool 2 (St. Paul), Pool 3 (Hastings), and Pool 4 (Red Wing) of the Mississipi River. He also guides on the St. Croix from Hudson all the down to Hastings. Book a trip today with Denver's guide Service, and let your Mississippi or St. Croix River fishing adventure begin!

Check out Denver's recent Mississippi River fishing reports. He adds a report almost each time he is out, so check back often to see what the fish are up to! Also, take a look at his Mississippi River trip logs to see stories from his client trips and testimonials!

"Thanks again so much for a great day fishing. My dad and I had a great time. Good luck with the softball in Mankato and drive safe." - Matt (Red Wing trip 09/23/11)

Cold Front, higher water temps, and rain.

We had everything going against us yesterday for our trip on the Mississippi River.  However we did manage to put together some really nice walleyes . 

Last week the water temperature was down to 61 degrees in some areas that I fish and I was a happy camper.  Well that came to an end with the temperatures coming back up into the 80's over the last 5 days.   The walleye bite was pretty good but then slipped a bit when the water temp creeped back up to 68.   

Chad and Brian met me yesterday morning around 8 am we set out to do some pitching of hair grubs, hair jigs and plastics.  Our bigger walleyes today cam victim to the hair grubs.  Chad had the hot hand with these baits.   Now this is how it started.   "Chad says ".  What is that ugly looking thing you have there and does it really catch fish? ".i laughed and told him a story about my buddies Robert Lampman and Harry Miller and how they keep winning walleye tournements with these.      

Well I picked up the rod and handed to Chad and said have at it. Well it was game on for him from there   First cast he catches a 21 inch walleye.   After two more casts he hooks into another fish and says this ones bigger.  I'm busy with Brian and a snag look around and seen the bend in the rod, grab the net  and wow here is a 29 1/4 incher.  After high five ing ,  picturing the walleye and turning loose I say how about that ugly jig Chad.  It made a believer in him.  He caught a couple more walleyes before he had to go.   

Lets not leave Brian out of the days work.  It took a bit but he did get himself on board with a walleye after Chad had to leave.  Pitching jigs is all about feel ,  if you do it enough you will become very good at it, and Chad I could tell fishes quite a bit with his skills he had yesterday.  Great time yesterday guys and I look forward to taking your kids out in the future.  

Now the cold water is coming back with our temps not getting into the 70's anymore.  This will bring the bite back to the fall pattern.  I can't wait til next week.   The last picture is the hair grubs these bait are awesome for guys that know how to pitch jigs.  Email me if you want information on how to order them. 

Good luck out there guys and gals !!!!!


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